Financial Aid and Scholarships

The College of Social Work offers scholarships for BSW, MSW, and PhD students. The application information and brief descriptions of the awards are listed below. To be eligible for any College of Social Work scholarship, all interested students must:

  • Complete the Annual Application for Scholarship form and submit it electronically by March 15 for the upcoming academic year. Prospective students are encouraged to submit scholarship applications even if their status in the program is pending on March 15.
  • Complete the Annual Application (to be available by December 1) for Scholarship form and submit it electronically by March 15 for the upcoming academic year. Prospective students are encouraged to submit scholarship applications even if their status in the program is pending on March 15
  • Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by April 1 if interested in financial aid and/or if interested in being considered for need-based scholarships within the College of Social Work. Students are not required to accept federal financial aid, but scholarship applicants who do not complete the FAFSA will not be considered for any need-based awards.
  • Agree to citizenship verification or other eligibility verification. Additionally, please be aware that:
    • Students who are US citizens are eligible for all University-wide funding.
    • International students may apply for College-funded scholarships only. All forms must be submitted annually by April 1.
  • Click here for Frequently Asked Questions. Please review this link for answers to the most common scholarship application questions. After carefully reading the questions and answers on this link, feel free to call (801) 587-7972 with any additional questions.
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Scholarships available:

BSW

Alumni Scholarship
In 1982, alumni of the College of Social Work established a 50th Anniversary Endowment to fund an ongoing scholarship in the name of the Alumni Association. The scholarship is awarded each year to a CSW student who demonstrates leadership, contribution to the community, and commitment to the social work profession.

American Indian and Alaska Native Scholarships in Social Work
These scholarships were established in 1970 to support students of Alaska Native and American Indian ethnicity. They continue to be awarded to these students and to students interested in the issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities. These social work scholarships are made possible through a number of funding sources, including the University of Utah President's Office; Indian Nations and tribal counsels; practicum agencies; the Indian Health Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Please contact Dena Ned for details.

Bordenave Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Jeannine Bordenave, a 1981 MSW graduate, in memory of her mother, Lucille Bordenave. The award is made to a deserving student who has excelled academically, who is in need of financial assistance, and who meets the University's definition of a nontraditional student.

Louise Browning Scholarship Fund
Louise Browning was a respected faculty member and inspirational mentor at the College of Social Work for many years. The Browning Scholarship provides financial support to a deserving student in the College of Social Work who demonstrates need.

Community Advisory Board Scholarship
The College of Social Work’s Community Advisory Board (CAB) initiated this annual scholarship in 2014. The scholarship is comprised of contributions from current and former board members. A sub-committee of members is involved in the scholarship selection process; recipients can expect to be included in a fall board meeting where they will be introduced to all CAB members.

Daniels Martinez Scholarship
This annual scholarship was established in 2010 by College of Social Work alumni Debra Daniels and Kai Medina-Martinez in support of a Bachelor of Social Work student from an under-represented group. Although the donors are graduates of the MSW Program, they were expressly interested in supporting a BSW student to recognize the importance of a bachelor’s degree and encourage the passion for service that motivates students seeking this degree.

E. Daniel and Margie Egbert Edwards American Indian Scholarship
In their decades of work at the College of Social Work, Dan and Marge Edwards dramatically improved educational opportunities for American Indians in Utah and across the country. This endowed scholarship for single American Indian parents ensures the continuation of their remarkable legacy. Preference will be given to MSW students, but BSW students will also be considered.

James C. & Lucile P. Hunter Scholarship
College of Social Work students interested in international, immigrant, and refugee issues are considered for this scholarship, which was endowed by Paul and Rosemarie Hunter in memory of James C. and Lucile P. Hunter. James and Lucile both had a high regard for education, Lucille teaching school all of her life and James reentering college after his retirement as a highway patrolman for the State of Utah. College of Social Work BSW, MSW, or PhD students with an interest in one or more of the previously mentioned areas and who demonstrate need are encouraged to apply.

Patricia Rothermich Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Patricia Rothermich was known for her empathy, her understanding, and her compassion for her clients. Ms. Rothermich's friends and family established this Memorial Scholarship in 2008 to honor her lifelong dedication to serving children and families. The scholarship is given to a BSW or MSW student who shares those interests.

Georgia Willey Snyder Scholarship
Georgia Snyder Knight established this endowed scholarship in 1997 in memory of her mother, Georgia Willey Snyder, Professor Emeritus at the CSW. Professor Snyder was a member of the faculty for 28 years, beginning in 1953. The award is given to a student who demonstrates need and displays outstanding promise, interest, and academic excellence in the field of social work.

Maurice & Inez Warshaw Scholarship
The late Maurice Warshaw, noted Salt Lake philanthropist and civic leader, established this scholarship through an endowment in his will. The Warshaw Scholarship is awarded annually to social work students based on merit and need. Founder and chairman of the board of Grand Central Stores, Mr. Warshaw focused much of his philanthropy and community service on disability rights and issues. The Warshaw Scholarship was expanded by the family and friends following the death of Inez Warshaw in 1998.

Penny Williams Memorial Scholarship
College of Social Work alumna Laura Clark's niece, Penny Williams, was a beautiful young woman, full of energy and excitement. Penny, who was deaf, worked hard to accomplish her dream of earning a University degree. Tragically, she died shortly before graduation - a victim of domestic violence. Her family and friends offer this scholarship to a College of Social Work student with skill in American Sign Language (ASL) who is interested in working with the hearing impaired community.

Additional undergraduate scholarship information for the University of Utah can be found by clicking here.

MSW and Advanced Standing MSW

Alumni Scholarship
In 1982, alumni of the College of Social Work established a 50th Anniversary Endowment to fund an ongoing scholarship in the name of the Alumni Association. The scholarship is awarded each year to CSW student who demonstrates leadership, contribution to the community, and commitment to the social work profession.

American Indian and Alaska Native Scholarships in Social Work
These scholarships were established in 1970 to support students of Alaska Native and American Indian ethnicity. They continue to be awarded to these students and to students interested in the issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities. These social work scholarships are made possible through a number of funding sources, including the University of Utah President's Office; Indian Nations and tribal counsels; practicum agencies; the Indian Health Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Please contact Dena Ned for details.

Bordenave Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Jeannine Bordenave, a 1981 MSW graduate, in memory of her mother, Lucille Bordenave. The award is made to a deserving student who has excelled academically, who is in need of financial assistance, and who meets the University's definition of a nontraditional student.

Louise Browning Scholarship Fund
Louise Browning was a respected faculty member and inspirational mentor at the College of Social Work for many years. The Browning Scholarship provides financial support to a deserving student in the College of Social Work who demonstrates need.

E. Daniel and Margie Egbert Edwards American Indian Scholarship
In their decades of work at the College of Social Work, Dan and Marge Edwards dramatically improved educational opportunities for American Indians in Utah and across the country. This endowed scholarship for single American Indian parents ensures the continuation of their remarkable legacy. Preference will be given to MSW students, but BSW students will also be considered.

Ruth Papiano Giolman Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Neil L. Papiano in memory of his mother, Ruth Cotten Papiano Giolman. The scholarship is awarded to graduate students whose professional interests are in the field of aging and who expect, upon graduation, to engage in research and other activities to improve the quality of life for elderly Americans.

Helen Richards Henderson Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in 1998 by Ann E. Henderson to honor her mother, CSW Professor Emeritus Helen R. Henderson. The scholarship is awarded to a master's-level social work student who is a single mother and who demonstrates promise in the field of social work. Special consideration is given to students who share Helen Henderson’s interest in mental health and concern for professional development.

Hiatt Scholarship
In 1993, a bequest from the estate of Martin Hiatt established a scholarship fund at the University of Utah, and a portion of these funds were directed to the College of Social Work. There are no specific criteria attached to the scholarship, although recipients are traditionally students who excel academically.

James C. & Lucile P. Hunter Scholarship
College of Social Work students interested in international, immigrant, and refugee issues are considered for this scholarship, which was endowed by Paul and Rosemarie Hunter in memory of James C. and Lucile P. Hunter. James and Lucile both had a high regard for education, Lucille teaching school all of her life and James reentering college after his retirement as a highway patrolman for the State of Utah. College of Social Work BSW, MSW, or PhD students with an interest in one or more of the previously mentioned areas and who demonstrate need are encouraged to apply.

Frances A. Jones Scholarship
A gift from the estate of Frances A. Jones established this endowed scholarship in 1991. Awards are given to students interested in the problems of rural communities, with an emphasis on child welfare services.

LDS Family Services Scholarship
LDS Family Services is a preeminent, global, mental health and children’s services agency providing consultation, community resource development, and adoption services. In supporting this annual scholarship for an international student at the College, LDS Family Services hopes to build the international capacity of mental health providers available to Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints leaders and Church members throughout the world, particularly in areas where the Church is growing and in need of additional support. Preference will be given to MSW students; applicants must be members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Click here for the additional scholarship form required for this award application.

Muriel J. Lockett La Rue Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible through an annual gift from Joseph D. La Rue in memory of his wife, Muriel. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Utah in 1950 and graduate work in 1951, finishing a master's degree at the University of Chicago in 1959. The scholarship is given to a student who shows promise in the field of social work, demonstrates an interest in serving African American communities, and exemplifies the values and qualities of Muriel La Rue, who was specifically interested in children and families. Preference is given to Utah and Idaho residents.

Roger M. & Mary F. Lowe Legacy Scholarship
In 2001, Roger M. and Mary F. Lowe established this scholarship to provide educational assistance to deserving students studying in the field of social work. As a result of their generous support over the years, this endowment now provides scholarships for two students annually. Ms. Lowe is a 1987 graduate of the CSW and a recipient of the James Garland Woolsey Memorial Award.

Georgia W. Murdaugh Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1988 by Claude B. Murdaugh of Washington State in memory of his wife, Georgia W. Murdaugh. The award is given to students who demonstrate financial need and who wish to pursue advanced graduate education in the public social services.

Elizabeth McDonald Richards Scholarship
This endowed scholarship was established in 1998 by CSW Professor Emeritus Helen R. Henderson in memory of her mother, Elizabeth McDonald Richards. The scholarship is given to a master’s-level social work student who is a single mother caring for children and who would not be able to attend graduate school without financial assistance. Special consideration is given to students who exemplify the values and qualities of Elizabeth McDonald Richards, specifically the value she placed on education and concern for others.

The Elise Kasteler Hutchings Scholarship for Leadership in the National Association of Social Workers
This scholarship was established in 2011 by College of Social Work alumna and NASW advocate, Elise Kasteler Hutchings. It recognizes an outstanding social work student who has demonstrated knowledge of the value for the NASW and dedication to helping support its mission in this state. Recipient must be a member of the NASW.

Patricia Rothermich Endowed Memorial Scholarship
Patricia Rothermich was known for her empathy, her understanding, and her compassion for her clients. Ms. Rothermich's friends and family established this Memorial Scholarship in 2008 to honor her lifelong dedication to serving children and families. The scholarship is given to a BSW or MSW student who shares those interests.

Schmid Child Welfare Scholarship
Based primarily on need, this scholarship was established by Don and Sylvia Schmid in 2003. These funds are designated for a first- or second-year MSW student who has a stated plan to work after graduation in a child welfare setting, primarily serving American Indian communities, both on reservations and in urban areas.

Rex A. Skidmore Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 at the time of the 25th Dedicatory Anniversary of the CSW building. It honors Rex A. Skidmore, who served the University and the CSW for 41 years. Dr. Skidmore was dean for 20 years, from 1956 to 1975. The scholarship is presented to exceptional students who have demonstrated outstanding promise, interest, and academic excellence in the field of social work and who, like Rex A. Skidmore, would bring to the profession a strong commitment to strengthening, preserving, and enhancing family life and family relationships.

Study of Aging Scholarship
Allen Proctor, a clinical instructor in the CSW’s practicum program for more than 25 years, was instrumental in establishing this scholarship through a distribution of assets from Salt Lake Metropolitan Services for the Aging. The award is made to outstanding students who have demonstrated commitment, capacity, and promise for a career in gerontology and direct service or field placement in gerontology.

Suazo Social Justice Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor the late Senator Pete Suazo. Senator Suazo dedicated his life to furthering the cause of social and economic justice for all people. The College of Social Work and the Suazo family are proud to provide this scholarship to a full-time MSW student who has financial need and who demonstrates a strong commitment to and leadership potential in issues of social and economic justice. Click here for the additional scholarship form required for this award application.

Milton G. Thackeray Scholarship
The family and friends of Milton G. Thackeray established this endowed scholarship in 1996 to honor his years of dedication to the College of Social Work. Professor Thackeray began his career at the College in 1948. He served the school for 37 years, retiring in 1985. Fourteen of these years were spent in the position of associate dean. The scholarship is awarded to students who bring to the profession of social work the values and qualities Milton G. Thackeray exemplified throughout his life and career. Consideration is also given to students preparing for careers in child welfare and/or mental health.

Blanche Scowcroft Willey Scholarship
This endowment was established in 1983 by Emerson C. Willey in honor of his wife, Blanche Scowcroft Willey. The award is granted to deserving students who excel academically in the social work field.

Maurice & Inez Warshaw Scholarship
The late Maurice Warshaw, noted Salt Lake philanthropist and civic leader, established this scholarship through an endowment in his will. The Warshaw Scholarship is awarded annually to social work students, based on merit and need. Founder and chairman of the board of Grand Central Stores, Mr. Warshaw focused much of his philanthropy and community service on disability rights and issues. The Warshaw Scholarship was expanded by the family and friends following the death of Inez Warshaw in 1998.

Georgia Willey Snyder Scholarship
Georgia Snyder Knight established this endowed scholarship in 1997 in memory of her mother, Georgia Willey Snyder, Professor Emeritus at the CSW. Professor Snyder was a member of the faculty for 28 years, beginning in 1953. The award is given to a student who demonstrates need and displays outstanding promise, interest, and academic excellence in the field of social work.

Penny Williams Memorial Scholarship
College of Social Work alumna Laura Clark's niece, Penny Williams, was a beautiful young woman, full of energy and excitement. Penny, who was deaf, worked hard to accomplish her dream of earning a University degree. Tragically, she died shortly before graduation - a victim of domestic violence. Her family and friends offer this scholarship to a College of Social Work student with skill in American Sign Language (ASL) who is interested in working with the hearing impaired community.

Additional scholarship information for the University of Utah can be found by clicking here.

PhD - Doctoral

American Indian and Alaska Native Scholarships in Social Work
These scholarships were established in 1970 to support students of Alaska Native and American Indian ethnicity. They continue to be awarded to these students and to students interested in the issues that affect American Indian and Alaska Native communities. These social work scholarships are made possible through a number of funding sources, including the University of Utah President's Office; Indian Nations and tribal counsels; practicum agencies; the Indian Health Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; and the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Please contact Dena Ned for details.

James C. & Lucile P. Hunter Scholarship
College of Social Work students interested in international, immigrant, and refugee issues are considered for this scholarship, which was endowed by Paul and Rosemarie Hunter in memory of James C. and Lucile P. Hunter. James and Lucile both had a high regard for education, Lucille teaching school all of her life and James reentering college after his retirement as a highway patrolman for the State of Utah. College of Social Work BSW, MSW, or PhD students with an interest in one or more of the previously mentioned areas and who demonstrate need are encouraged to apply.

Florence Smith Jacobsen Scholarship
A generous gift from Florence S. and Ted C. Jacobsen established the Jacobsen Scholars program at the CSW in 1998. The emphasis of study for Jacobsen Scholars is academically-based community scholarship and service that focuses on issues of concern to women, with particular emphasis on strengthening families. Whenever possible, recipients work in collaboration with the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair at the CSW and the University’s Lowell Bennion Community Service Center.

Lou Ann B. Jorgensen Scholarship
This scholarship supports PhD students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship at the doctoral level. Dr. Jorgensen gave generously of her time and energy in her work with doctoral students while she was associate dean and she continues to support the College in many ways.

William McPhee Scholarship
This endowment was established in 1989 by Dr. William McPhee, a former CSW faculty member. The scholarship is awarded to a PhD student who demonstrates outstanding promise in the area of social work research. It provides support to assist the student with his/her own dissertation.

Jamal O'Jack Scholarship
Dr. Stanislav O'Jack established this scholarship in memory of his wife, Jamal, who was pursuing a doctorate through the College at the time of her death; she would have graduated with the class of 1993. As a PhD student, Ms. O’Jack was interested in mental illness, depression, AIDS, and the delivery of mental health service in rural areas. The award is given to a graduate student who demonstrates promise in the field of mental health practice or research.

Mary Eleanor Wilby Memorial Scholarship
Frances E. Wilby earned her PhD from the College in 2007. In 2008 she initiated a need-based, doctoral scholarship for women. This award honors Dr. Wilby's mother, who lived during a time when opportunities for women were more limited.

Penny Williams Memorial Scholarship
College of Social Work alumna Laura Clark's niece, Penny Williams, was a beautiful young woman, full of energy and excitement. Penny, who was deaf, worked hard to accomplish her dream of earning a University degree. Tragically, she died shortly before graduation - a victim of domestic violence. Her family and friends offer this scholarship to a College of Social Work student with skill in American Sign Language (ASL) who is interested in working with the hearing impaired community.